Imran Khan asks Obama to review the war on terror
Cricketer turned Pakistani politician, Imran Khan has written an open letter to US President Barack Obama asking him to undertake a review of the US-led war on terror.Updated: Jan 30, 2009 16:24 IST
Cricketer turned Pakistani politician, Imran Khan has written an open letter to US President Barack Obama asking him to undertake a review of the US-led war on terror.
"Our entire social, political and economic fabric is in a state of meltdown. Our sovereignty, dignity and self-respect have been trampled upon," Khan wrote in a letter addressed to "Dear President Obama".
No people desire change more than the people of Pakistan, as we have suffered the most since 9/11, despite the fact that none of the perpetrators of the acts of terrorism unleashed on the US on September 11, 2001, were Pakistani, Khan said to Obama.
"...Your extraordinary ascent to the US Presidency is, to a large part, a reflection of your remarkable ability to mobilise society, particularly the youth, with the message of 'change'," states the letter published by forbes.Com.
Welcoming the change in US politics where Obama replaced George W Bush as the American President he said, "Indeed, change is what the world is yearning for after eight long and almost endless years of carnage let loose by a group of neo-cons that occupied the White House."
Khan said the previous US administration "invested in dictators and corrupt politicians" by providing them power crutches in return for total compliance to pursue its misconceived war on terror.
"Understandably, your overarching policy focus would be the security and welfare of all US citizens and so it should be. Similarly, our first and foremost concern is the protection of Pakistani lives and the prosperity of our society."
First Published: Jan 30, 2009 16:22 IST